Palamedes Swallowtail butterflies have a distinguishing mark of a yellow postmedian band and yellow submarginal band on the underside of the black wing. Palamedes Swallowtails are found in swamplands and wet forest habitats in the southern Atlantic and Gulf Coast states of the U.S. The caterpillar is green and host plants are swampbay, redbay, and… Read More PALAMEDES BUTTERFLY
Giant Swallowtails have a distinct yellow band across their forewings, a yellow band along margins, with a long wingspan, up to four inches. Giant Swallowtails are common in the southern California, Arizona, Mexico, Central America, Columbia, Jamaica, and Cuba. They are distinct by their large size, from 3.9 to 6.3 inches (10-16 cm). Giant Swallowtails… Read More A LARGE SWALLOWTAIL
Here’s a photo from this past summer I ran across. This honeybee was in my neighborhood here in northern Arizona.
Queen butterflies live throughout southern North America and into South America, wherever there are milkweeds. They mimic Monarchs, but the main difference is they are darker and have white spots on the forewing tips. The caterpillar is striped blue, green, yellow, white, and brown. They feed on milkweeds and dogbanes. As adults, they nectar on… Read More QUEEN BUTTERFLY